Here are some upcoming workshops, publishing opportunities, and webinars that we hope our members will find useful:


Call for Participation: Advanced Topics in Web Archiving: A Free, Self-Paced Online Training Workshop

Supported by the IMLS LB21 program, the “Continuing Education to Advance Web Archiving (CEDWARC)” project develops a continuing education curriculum and teaches library and archive professionals advanced web archiving and analysis techniques. We will offer a free, self-paced online training workshop in October 2021.

The workshop offers advanced training to working library and archive professionals. Students in related fields are also welcome. The training modules are customized to the knowledge and skill levels of the intended audience and can be integrated into their job responsibilities, as well as prepare them for future library and archive service developments.

Built on the Web Archiving Fundamentals module, participants will be taken on a problem-solving tour through five additional modules, including Storytelling, Social Feed Manager, ArchiveSpark, Archives Unleashed, and Events Archiving. Facilitators of the workshop include web archiving experts and tool developers from Virginia Tech, Los Alamos National Lab, Old Dominion University, George Washington University, the Internet Archive, and the University of Waterloo.

After watching the online training videos of your choice, workshop registrants may also interact with the module facilitator through one of the two available online office hours scheduled for each module. To conclude the workshop, an online panel discussion/open Q&A session will also be scheduled at the end of October 2021, involving all module facilitators.

  • Date: October 2021, self-paced
  • Location: After registration, please wait for a notification email containing links to training materials and Zoom meeting links
  • Cost: Free
  • Registration:
  • For additional information, please contact

Zhiwu Xie
Virginia Tech



The Librarian Parlor calls for topics

Below are topics and perspectives we are interested in exploring right now. We are dedicated to providing a diverse and representative view of the experiences of LIS research in libraries, and the questions below are examples of perspectives we feel are not yet represented.

However, these are simply meant to inspire ideas, so if your ideas don’t quite fit that is okay! Reach out to us and let us know. Review our Contribute page to find out how to submit your ideas.

Topics we’re interested in right now

  1. Perspectives about research from Digital Scholarship Librarians, Scholarly Communication Librarians, MLIS students, Public Library Workers, Technical Services Library Workers, and Special Collections and Archival Library Workers 
  2. Inequities in publishing and research
  3. Mid project reflections and reports
  4. Reflections on how research changes over the course of a career

Questions to inspire ideas

MLIS Students

  • What do you learn in your MLIS program regarding research and what do you wish you learned?
  • What are experiences you’ve had where you were able to publish or develop a scholarly identity in graduate school?
  • What kind of support are you hoping for when you graduate and enter into a role where you do research?

Public Library Workers

  • How to make time to do research when you’re a public librarian?
  • Do/should public librarians have academic freedom? What limitations do public librarians deal with regarding academic freedom?
  • How does research in a public library differ from research in an academic setting?
  • What kinds of research can public librarians do and what kind of research can they not do because of the way their positions are situated?
  • What barriers do public librarians face when trying to do research?
  • How do public librarians use research to inform their practice?

Technical Services Library Workers

  • What unique challenges do technical services librarians face when trying to do research?
  • How can technical services librarians break away from traditional norms of what technical services librarians are “equipped” and “allowed” to do when it comes to research?
  • What are multidisciplinary topics in relation to technical services? How can work in multiple areas of the library inform a research agenda?
  • How does research differ for a technical services librarian from a public services librarian?
  • How does one’s status as a technical services library worker affect their ability to advocate for research time?

Special Collections and Archival Library Workers

  • What unique challenges do special collections and archival library workers face when trying to do research?
  • How can special collections and archival library workers break away from traditional norms of what librarians are “equipped” and “allowed” to do when it comes to research?
  • What are multidisciplinary topics in relation to special collections and archival library workers? How can work in multiple areas of the library inform a research agenda?
  • How does research differ for a special collections and archival library workers from a public services librarian?
  • How does one’s status as a special collections and archival library workers library worker affect their ability to advocate for research time?


It Matters How We Open Knowledge: Building Structural Equity

Oct 29, 2021 09:00 AM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

As we work toward a more open scholarly communication environment, how can we build a commitment to equity into our structures and systems? Find out how libraries are working to shape the future of open.

Register here

Conference website: 

S-J-S-U King Library


Here are some upcoming presentations opportunities, events, and webinars that we hope our members will find useful:

Call for ACRL Program Proposals for 2022 ALA Annual Conference

ACRL invites its committees, sections, interest groups and individual members to consider submitting program proposals for the 2022 ALA Annual Conference in Washington, DC. Program proposals will be submitted via a centralized submission site for all ALA Divisions, RoundTables, Committees, and Offices. ACRL members must choose “ACRL” on the first screen of the submission form in order to have the program included in the ACRL pool of programs to be reviewed.

2022 ALA Annual Conference program proposals are due September 30, 2021. The ACRL Professional Development Committee will review proposals and select 2022 Annual Conference programs, with notifications issued in December 2021. More details about the Annual Conference program process, including the proposal form, are on the ACRL website. Contact ACRL Manager of Professional Development Margot Conahan at with questions concerning the program proposal process.


ACRL e-Learning Call for Proposals

ACRL invites proposal submissions for our ACRL e-Learning program. Submit a proposal for a live webcast or asynchronous online course and share your knowledge and innovative developments with your colleagues. Wednesday, October 13, 2021, is the submission deadline. Program proposals should address specific issues facing academic and research librarians today and provide timely, thought-provoking, and practical content and research, as well as actionable steps attendees can take. ACRL strives to develop inclusive professional development offerings that will reflect the library community’s diverse range of race, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, economic background, age, and/or ability. We seek presenters and topics from all types of libraries, positions, and experiences, including non library faculty, staff, and administrators. Learn more on the ACRL website and apply today!


Be sure to register for ALA Digital Reference’s September webinar if you haven’t already.  It’s free and open to anyone interested in RDA as an international standard.

Translating RDA: a Discussion of the Opportunities and Challenges of an International Cataloging Standard (FREE)

Monday, September 20, 2021, 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM CDT

This webinar features three 15-minute presentations covering a wide range of topics that concern the international RDA community, among them: How decisions to translate RDA are made, an overview of the translation process, partial translations vs. full translations, generating support for translations, RDA teaching and training after translation, updates on RDA Toolkit translations in development, and the specific experiences of translating RDA in Arabic, Finnish and French. Expected speakers include ALA Digital Reference Director James Hennelly, and RDA translators Rania Osman, Daniel Paradis and Marja-Liisa Seppälä; the translators will be available for a Q&A moderated by James Hennelly, who will lead them in guided discussion before welcoming live questions from the audience. Register for Translating RDA here.


You will find several upcoming Choice – ACRL Webinars by clicking on the link below:

Watch Webinars on Librarianship and Scholarly Issues Affecting Libraries


RBMS BSC Upcoming Webinar: Cool Things We’ve Cataloged Lightning Talks

Oct 7, 2021 11AM PST/2PM EST

The RBMS Bibliographic Standards Committee’s Program Planning Group will be holding the second of its “Cool Things We’ve Cataloged” Lightning Talks on Thursday, October 7, 2021 at 11 PST/12 MST /1 CST/ EST.

In this webinar Joy DuBose, Sierra Laddusaw, Paula Jeannet, Crystal Clements, Mary Mathiason, Caitlyn Stephens, Krystal Messer, and Yoonha Hwang will be discussing  interesting and challenging collections or items that they have cataloged. These include virtual reality programming, a casier geographique of 1840, human anatomy and physiology glass lantern slides, an artist book made from an antique doll bed, Paddington and Aunt Lucy dolls, and a manuscript magazine. 

Please register here.


The recording of the webinar on library consortia featuring John Sandstrom is now available!!!

ACRL NM presents: Introduction to Library Consortium with speaker John Sandstrom. In this webinar Dr. Sandstrom discusses how many of us work with consortia on a regular basis, but what are they really?  What do consortia do?  How do they do it?  In the webinar, John Sandstrom seeks to pull back the veil and introduce various types of consortia, the differences and similarities between them, and talk about some of the questions you need to ask before joining one.


Introduction to Library Consortium presented by Dr. John Sandstrom

August 24, 2021 from 2-3pm!

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Dr. John Sandstrom will be presenting an Introduction to Library Consortium on August 24, 2021 from 2-3pm! You can register here to get the link for the Zoom meeting.

Many of us work with consortia on a regular basis, but what are they really? What do consortia do? How do they do it? In the webinar, John Sandstrom seeks to pull back the veil and introduce various types of consortia, the differences and similarities between them, and talk about some of the questions you need to ask before joining one.

Dr. John Sandstrom is the Acquisitions Librarian at New Mexico State University. In addition to his MLS, he has a Masters of Public Administration and a doctorate in Educational Leadership and Administration (Higher Ed). He has 35 years of experience working with consortia of various types. Outside the library, he is a reader, singer, weaver, spinner, and caregiver who hopes to get enough sleep really soon.
If you have any questions about the webinar please feel free to reach out to your Chair: Kelleen Maluski.
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It’s time for the ACRL NM officer elections! First step – nominate your candidate (yourself or someone else)!

It is our pleasure to announce a call for nominations for the Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect and the  Secretary/Treasurer position for the ACRL New Mexico Chapter/NMLA Academic SIG.

If you are interested in fostering collaboration and education among our peers in the state of New Mexico, then please nominate yourself or a colleague. If nominating a colleague, please get that person’s permission prior to making the nomination. All interested members are encouraged to run for office, however, librarians do need to be a current member of NMLA and ACRL to serve.

The time dedication for this office is minimal, and most business now occurs remotely between the officers. Officers should be willing to participate in the two ACRL-NM business meetings each year, which take place during the NMLA conferences. 

More Information:
Here is the Chapter Blog
Here is the ACRL Chapter website that talks more about the role of the State Chapters
Refer to a detailed list of duties as listed in the bylaws on the blog:

If you are interested in running, or would like to nominate a colleague for this position, please fill out the nomination form

If you have any questions about the nomination process please feel free to reach out to your Chair: Kelleen Maluski.

Here are some upcoming discussion forums and webinars that we hope our members will find useful:

The People of Color in Library & Information Science (POC in LIS) Summit will take place on Friday, July 23rd, 2021 virtually via Zoom from 9:00 am – 3:15 pm PST.
Registration will open on Friday June 15, 2021 at 9 am. POC in LIS Summit is free, but space is limited.
POC in LIS Summit Registration Zoom link will be sent 24 hours prior to event.


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Choice-ACRL free digital webinarscheck them all out:


ACRL Presents Webcasts

The ACRL Presents program offers free occasional webcasts on issues of broad interest and importance to the academic and research library community. ACRL Presents webcasts are recorded and closed captioning is available in the Zoom platform. Check back for upcoming live sessions, or browse our archived recordings below:


Call for presentations for LibLearnX conference

“Education for Librarians by Librarians”:


To deliver exceptional learning experiences, a Call for Presentations is being solicited for the conference programs. Preference may be given to proposals that reflect field best practices, have clear learning objectives, and focus on applicable content, instructional design, and diverse audiences.

Subject matter topics include: Books and Authors, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion, Career Development & Leadership, Collection Development, Community Outreach & Partnerships, Data Collection, Digital Equity, Human Resources, Library Services, Mental Health, Reader’s Advisory, Technology Innovation.

Important Dates and Deadlines

Submission site opens: June 15, 2021
Submission site closes August 15, 2021
Review site opens: August 25, 2021
Review site closes: September 22, 2021
Programs announced: October 2021


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Keep your mind sharp with ACRL’s summer professional development opportunities. Our catalog of webcasts, online courses, and Off-RoadShow workshops is the perfect mix for a season of learning.

Check them out here:


ACRL NM Presents – Introduction to Information Studies: A Third Wave Information Literacy Credit Course – July 22, 2021 @ 11am MT

Date and time: Jul 22, 2021 11:00 AM in Mountain Time (US and Canada)

In this presentation, we’ll explain how our three-credit Introduction to Information Studies course, IADL 1110, came to life. IADL 1110 is now approved as a General Education Course by the New Mexico Higher Education Department in the Communication Area for all institutions of higher education in New Mexico to teach. We’ll talk about our course design and curricular choices as well as how we conceive of information literacy. We’ll also provide all our course materials. This session would be especially useful for academic librarians in New Mexico interested in teaching an information literacy credit course. The last half hour of the session will be reserved for questions and discussion.

IADL 1110 Course Description:
Introduction to systems of information and how they impact our current social and cultural life. This course introduces organizing systems and classification, definitions of information, intellectual property and copyright, information formats, information ethics, and the history and structure of the internet. Other topics may include the history of information, social media, the attention economy, Wikipedia, net neutrality, and algorithmic bias.

Lori Townsend, Learning Services Coordinator / Associate Professor
Glenn Koelling, Learning Services Librarian / Assistant Professor
Adrienne Warner, First Year Experience Librarian / Assistant Professor
Alyssa Russo, Learning Services Librarian / Assistant Professor

Presenters have asked that participants submit questions in advance at

Here are some upcoming webinars, and a call for proposals that we hope our members will find of interest:

Backstage Library Works presents:

Authority Control: Consistency Among the Changes

In this webinar, Casey Cheney, vice president of automation services at Backstage Library Works, will explore external and internal changes that can affect headings in a library catalog. She’ll discuss how leveraging automation can help a library’s metadata team manage updates and propagate decisions made at a local level. She’ll also answer your questions. We hope you’ll join us.

Click here to register:

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

11:00 a.m. MDT (Denver)

We look forward to the conversation.


ACRL IS Inclusive Pedagogy Committee: Bringing Race to the Forefront to Engage Students and Teaching Faculty

May 13, 2021 11:00 AM in Central Time (US and Canada)


In this conversation between Jesus Espinoza and Symphony Bruce, the speakers will talk through their experiences using Critical Race Theory and Antiracism to inform their instruction and engage students and teaching faculty. They will discuss the successes and challenges of their work, in addition to the process of navigating the uncertainty of applying critical race theories and antiracist pedagogies while still learning about them. Specifically, they will talk about their individual experiences creating lesson plans and workshops, especially in online learning spaces.

As a webinar registrant, you will receive follow-up correspondence from ACRL specifically related to this webinar (including, but not limited to, instructions for accessing both the live webinar and its archived recording) as well as information about other programs and resources from ACRL and its partners/sponsors. You may also receive relevant messages from our webinar partner or sponsor (if any). If a webinar sponsor chooses to communicate with you by e-mail, they are obligated to provide you with an opportunity to opt-out from future e-mails in compliance with the CAN-SPAM Act of 2003.


Registration is now open for the Critical Pedagogy Symposium, which will be held virtually May 17th – May 19th, 2021, 11am – 4pm EST.

Use this link to register

Registration is free! 

We will explore together a pedagogy that interrogates and explores frameworks of power. We’re open to any framework of anti-oppression and vision of justice that can help us to do better work, to hold ourselves to a deeper accounting, and to think more rigorously and more clearly. The Symposium invites critiques along the lines of race/ethnicity, indigenous and decolonial perspectives, issues of labor and class, and inclusive of gender/sexuality.

Featuring Keynotes by Jamillah Gabriel and by Cite Black Women in conversation with Black Women Radicals.


FREE Online Presentation: 

A Predatory Primer: What Every Librarian Should Know about Problem Publishers
Nicole Webber and Stephanie Wiegand
Monday, May 24, 2021, 11 am to 12 pm Central time
Register here
Sponsored by the ACRL ULS Professional Development Committee

Researchers and faculty are talking about predatory publishers within the academic literature. In fact, many disciplines devote considerably more ink to this issue and the pitfalls of illegitimate journals than the library community does. Small pockets of the greater scholarly community further whisper about the benefits of journals with lax standards for faculty who are under extreme pressure to publish or pad their record. How scholars come to know about and interact with deceptive publishers has evolved and matured since they first garnered attention a little over a decade ago, and thus, how we as information professionals approach this topic must adapt and mature.

The issue of “predatory journals” is deceptively simplistic, but its underlying complexities extend the conversation into a variety of topical concerns in librarianship. Such conversations include questions about the consequences of journal labeling and categorization, the use of pejorative or racially-charged terminology in such labeling, the new challenges for open access and start-up publishers, the relationships between journal reputation and diversity, the unidentified consequences of publishing in low-quality journals, and the overall academic publication system. These aspects begin to move away from the typical confines of how scholars conceptualize predatory publishing, but they lend important perspectives and considerations to what has been, and will continue to be, the complicated landscape of academic publishing.

Join us for a primer on the basics and complexities of predatory publishing in order to more effectively discuss and assist researchers with questions of journal and publisher quality.


The RBMS Bibliographic Standards Committee is seeking presenters for lightning talks on “cool things we’ve cataloged.”

Presenters will discuss any memorable objects that have crossed their desks, whether they were books, collections, maps, images, manuscripts, kitchen implements, or anything else! Our aim is to present the various tools that catalogers use to solve mysteries (for example, learning new software, developing new content standards, new languages, cultural competency training) and describe unusual artifacts. We want to highlight this work since it is often invisibilized. We are looking for presenters to talk about an interesting item or collection cataloged for special collections, describe why it was a challenge, share how they cataloged it, and (if applicable) how they publicized it. Presentations should be 7-10 minutes and will be presented via Zoom in summer/fall 2021 (date TBD). The full session will be approximately one hour and will include a questions and discussion period. Based on interest, we may offer multiple sessions. All interested people are encouraged to apply, whether they are a member of RBMS or not. We’re hoping to identify a broad range of presenters (catalogers, archivists, students, interns, paraprofessionals, etc.). Presentations will be selected based on their relevance to these themes.

Please submit proposals by May 24, 2021 by completing this form:

Elizabeth Hobart
Special Collections Cataloging Librarian
Pennsylvania State University

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On April 22, we will host an informational session to accompany The ALA COVID Library Relief Fund application form. If you are interested in applying for a grant for your public, school or academic library, we invite you to this free one-hour information session on the ALA COVID Library Relief Fund application. We will highlight the fund, the application process and respond to questions you might have. This webinar is free and will be recorded. The recording will be made available publicly following the event date.

The ALA COVID Library Relief Fund will provide $1.25M for to a number of public, school, academic, and tribal libraries across the U.S. and U.S Territories that have experienced substantial economic hardship due to the coronavirus pandemic. Grants between $30,000 and $50,0000 to libraries/library systems/districts will be awarded to those that have seen a substantial reduction in funding that impacts their ability to provide essential services to underserved populations in low to moderate income groups to help re-establish, sustain, amplify or create new services for those targeted audiences.

Thanks again for continuing to share these updates on your own channels.

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